Three Wabash Valley men were arrested at the Chinook Fish and Wildlife area for various preliminary drug related charges Saturday evening.
Conservation Officer Paul Harden told The Brazil Times he was just starting to patrol the Chinook parking lot area around 6 p.m., when Glenn Stroud, 20, Dewey Bunch, 21, and Douglas M. Rogers, 22, abruptly started their vehicle to leave the area.
The distinct odor of marijuana inside the vehicle and one suspect providing him an undisclosed amount of the drug gave Harden probable cause to continue the investigation.
Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brison Swearingen, K-9 Handler Josh Clarke and his drug dog, K-9 Officer Forrest, provided assistance at the scene. Forrest detected approximately 80-100 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.
While being taken into custody, officers discovered Bunch, Terre Haute, was in possession of a handgun without a permit. Bunch was charged with two weapons charges, possession of marijuana, over 30 grams and possession of paraphernalia.
Although officers performed a "pat down" search of the three men at the scene, Stroud, Rosedale, apparently did not disclose he was in possession of more marijuana on his person. Officers at the Clay County Justice Center later found it during the routine booking process and added an additional charge of trafficking to Stroud's preliminary charge of possession of marijuana, over 30 grams.
Rogers, Terre Haute, was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana, over 30 grams and possession of paraphernalia.
As of press time Sunday, the three men remained in custody at the jail for arraignment in court Monday.